Some of Jamey Rodemeyer’s bullies have been suspended from school. The freshman killed himself in September after being harassed because of his sexual orientation. As I’ve said before, I don’t advocate “throwing the book” at these kids or making an example of them in a courtroom. I think as far as punishments go suspension is closer to appropriate for kids this age. But, again, what else is happening? Is the school educating the bullies and the other peers — and parents and teachers! — that Jamey left behind? How about the guidance counselor to whom one of Jamey’s teachers, who was concerned, reported the bullying? Education and outreach to the school and the families involved with the school is vital. Jamey should still be in school, like the other kids across the U.S. and Canada who’ve taken their own lives because of harassment and bullying, and preparing for his future. Since, sadly, this cannot be the case, his death should not be in vain…and, most importantly, he should not be forgotten. His family, and the families of other kids like him, will not forget; we should share that responsibility. And the responsibility of stopping this horrible trend.
School district suspends students as a result of Jamey Rodemeyer bullying
The Buffalo News
EAST AMHERST, N.Y. — The Williamsville Central School District concluded its investigation into the Jamey Rodemeyer case last week by suspending some North High School students after Amherst police closed their criminal investigation Nov. 22 without filing charges.